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Pope Francis has authorized women to read the Word of God, help at the altar during Masses and distribute communion, but, for the moment, he

does not open to the priesthood

, in a "motu proprio" (pontifical document) that introduces changes in the current code of Canon Law.

In this "motu proprio" the document of Saint Paul VI "Ministeria quedam" (1972) is reviewed,

which only allowed men to receive the ministries of the Lectorate and the Acolyte


The reader is in charge of reading the Word of God in the ceremonies, while the acolyte helps the deacon and the priest at the altar and

can also distribute communion

, among other functions

, although

women already carry out these ministries in places where they are lacking priests, in the last assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon a point had been approved for it to be institutionalized.

"For these reasons, it seemed appropriate to establish

that institutions such as Lectors or Acolytes can be not only men but also women

, in whom, through the discernment of pastors and after adequate preparation, the Church recognizes the firm will to serve faithfully. to God and to the Christian people ", the pope wrote in a letter to the Prefect of the Congregation of the Faith, the Spaniard Luis Ladaria.

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